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Wakeup Call: Victory and controversy in San Francisco

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Wakeup Call: Victory and controversy in San Francisco

Here's your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy andor interesting tidbits -- for Tuesday, November 20:

BASEBALL
So the Blue Jays conduct a six-week managerial search and, at its conclusion, decide to resurrect John Gibbons? Really? (NBC's Hardball Talk)

Ichiro joins a growing list of Japanese players who are saying thanks but no thanks to next year's World Baseball Classic. (AP)

The Padres like Bud Black! They really like him! (AP)

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
The ACC has spent the better part of a decade gobbling up schools from other conferences, but yesterday it lost one of its charter members: Maryland, which is bolting for the Big Ten. (CSN Baltimore)

Here are five things the Terrapins will miss when they leave. (CSN Baltimore)

Georgetown spoils Shabazz Muhammad's UCLA debut. (AP)

Thirty years later, Chaminade pulls off another upset . . . this one against Texas. (AP)

There's only one tournament Connecticut's Huskies could have won this year: The Paradise Jam. But they didn't. (AP)

Stanford snapped Baylor's 42-game winning streak and was rewarded with the top spot in the AP women's basketball poll. (AP)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is happy the BCS championship will be decided where it should be: On the field. Unless the Irish lose to Southern Cal, that is, at which point . . . well, let's not go there. (CSN Chicago)

Miami, attempting to stay one step ahead of the sheriff, bans itself from postseason play for a second straight year. (AP)

The NFL's Cowboys already play every Thanksgiving at home, and the University of Texas wants to make it a Lone Star State tradition. (NBC's College Football Talk)

High praise indeed for West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin from Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads. (College Football Talk)

HOCKEY
The fact that Bill Daly says he was "frustrated" by yesterday's two-hour negotiating session indicates it's situation normal at the NHL labor "talks". (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The owners are insisting on a new offer from the players, and Donald Fehr says, well, we'll think about it. (Pro Hockey Talk)

When this whole thing is over, Kris Versteeg thinks the reigns of Bettman and Daly should be over, as well. (Pro Hockey Talk)

If the NHL ever returns, Jaroslav Spacek won't. (Pro Hockey Talk)

PRO BASKETBALL
Looks like the NBA is blaming Zack Randolph for the Randolph-Kendrick Perkins confrontation last week. (AP)

The winless Wizards are halfway to a dubious record. (CSN Washington)

The Grizzlies' winning streak is over . . . (AP)

. . . but not the Clippers'. (AP)

The Cavaliers will be without Kryrie Irving for a month. (AP)

PRO FOOTBALL
The 49ers make a statement against fellow division leader Chicago. (AP)

And now we have a full-blown quarterback controversy in San Francisco. (CSN Bay Area)

A controversy that Jim Harbaugh did nothing to quell after the game. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

Talk about a wakeup call, eh, Bears? (CSN Chicago)

Looks like the Steelers have lost another quarterback. (AP)

Which may wind up being Brian Hoyer's ticket back into the NFL. (Pro Football Talk)

Ed Reed certainly doesn't have a reputation as a dirty player, but reputations mean nothing to the NFL: The Ravens star was suspended for a game after being penalized Sunday night for his third hit to the head-and-neck area since 2010. (CSN Baltimore)

Titus Young's sitting out the next game, too, but this penalty is being imposed by his team and it's basically for being a jackass. (AP)

Old friend Brandon Meriweather is out for the year. (CSN Washington)

And old foe Willis McGahee is out for six to eight weeks. (AP)

As you might expect, the Eagles' 3-7 season isn't going down too well in the City of Brotherly Love. (CSN Philly)

Still, Andy Reid won't walk away. Doesn't mean he won't be departing; just means he won't quit. (CSN Philly)

Oh, that conversation between Jerry Jones and Mike Holmgren on Sunday? Just two old friends chatting, insists Jones. (Pro Football Talk)

Remember when the Giants and Dolphins each contributed 500,000 to the Superstorm Sandy relief effort? Drew Brees is going them one better with a 1 million donation. (AP)

SOCCER
The MLS Cup title game on Dec. 1 between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo will be David Beckham's swan song. (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Ray Allen tells court he was 'catfished'

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Ray Allen tells court he was 'catfished'

ORLANDO, Fla. — Retired NBA star Ray Allen said he is a victim of “catfishing,” and has asked a court to throw out a case where he is accused of stalking someone he met online.

Allen filed an emergency motion in Orange County, Florida, on Tuesday, one day after Bryant Coleman told the court he is being stalked by the 10-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion.

Allen said Coleman is the one who is stalking.

“Coleman pretended to be a number of attractive women interested in Ray Allen,” read the motion filed on Allen’s behalf. “Ray believed he was speaking with these women and communicated with them.”

Attorney David Oscar Markus released a statement saying Allen took legal action in an effort to put an end to threats against him and his family, and that Allen was the victim “of an online scheme to extract money and embarrass him by someone who appears to be troubled.”

In the filing, Allen said Coleman threatened to reveal details of their conversations, and that the sides eventually struck a deal to keep everything private. Allen said that deal has been violated and that Coleman has continued to harass him and his family through several social-media accounts.

“He posted about Ray’s wife, Ray’s children, Ray’s dog, Ray’s homes, Ray’s wife’s restaurant, and numerous other personal items,” read the motion. “Coleman not only posted about these things, he would actually post while physically located inside Ray’s wife’s restaurant in Orlando. And he would make sure they knew it, tagging Ray and his wife on those posts.”

Allen asked the court to stop Coleman from “cyber-stalking.” It was not clear if Coleman has an attorney, and a working phone number for him could not be found.

“Ray regrets ever engaging with this person online and is thankful they never met in person,” Markus said. “This experience has negatively impacted Ray, and he hopes that others might use his mistake to learn the dangers of communicating online with strangers.”

Allen is the NBA’s all-time leader in 3-pointers made. He starred in college at UConn and won championships with the Celtics in 2008 and Miami in 2013, the second title coming after he made one of the most dramatic shots in playoff history — a game-tying 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds left in regulation of Game 6 of The Finals against San Antonio, a game that the Heat would win in overtime to extend the series to a seventh game.

Allen also played for Milwaukee and Seattle, and last appeared in the league in 2014. He and his family have lived in the Miami area since.

© 2017 by The Associated Press 

Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

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Morning Skate: Not all smooth sailing for top picks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while enjoying the return of Adolfo to Toucher and Rich this morning.

*Jack Eichel and Connor McDavid have received plenty of acclaim over the past couple of years as talented, young stars in the league, but Pro Hockey Talk’s James O’Brien details how things haven’t gone ideally for either of those youngsters, or their teams, this season. Clearly, it’s not at this level yet, but just think about the hype behind Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin when they were drafted 1-2 back in 2010, and what they have, and haven’t, been able to accomplish in the league since that time.

*Outstanding rookie Brock Boeser credits a conversation with Vancouver Canucks coach Travis Green for helping spark his game this season.

*Good video piece on the near miss of Wayne Gretzky almost playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs after dominating them in the playoffs.  

*Salivating for some hockey trades? The 10 potential NHL trade deadline targets around the league as we wait for players to become available for trade later in the season.  

*Hockeybuzz is asking what the NHL, and more specifically the Hockey Hall of Fame, has against goaltenders?

*For something completely different: A great piece from Drew Bledsoe on the tragic passing of former Patriots wide receiver Terry Glenn, and how his death came just as he seemed to be putting all the pieces of his life together.